Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Mia Botha

In my two previous posts I discussed how to use music to strengthen your writing. Today, I want to talk about layering characters.

I try to make a playlist for each of my characters. This list is not something I will necessarily use in my novel, but it helps me to get a better sense of my character. The music we listen to reveals a lot about us. A classic music enthusiast, a hard core metal fan and country music lover – each one of these people created a different image in your mind. They are all unique. I like to choose a theme song for each of my characters.

My antagonist at one time listened to Chesney Hawkes “The one and only” over and over again before he had a big meeting. Can’t you just see him standing there singing to himself in the mirror? How much do you already know about him? Arrogant, but insecure. Old-school, but still thinks he is young and with it. You can be sure he has some “Eye of the Tiger” going in his office. Lots of air punching. 

My protagonist loved the song “It’s oh so quiet” by Bjork. Quirky songs for quirky girls. She was romantic, but often disappointed by the unrealistic expectations she had of a picture perfect romance. She was also rather erratic, just like the song.

Is your character a Taylor Swift fan? Does he dance to the Macarena in secret? What song puts them in a good mood on a crappy Monday morning? What song makes them turn up the volume and what song makes them turn off the radio? These layers will filter through into our stories.   

How do I do this? 

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